After Twitter received an increased number of calls to ban Donald Trump over last couple of days, the microblogging platform revealed that it won’t be blocking Trump’s account.
The company wrote in a blog post, “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”
While the calls for banning the US president aren’t something new, the latest calls to ban Trump started earlier this month when he sent out a tweet show of the size of his “Nuclear Button.”
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Afterwards, protesters gathered outside Twitter headquarters to project a message onto the building which read, “jack is #complicit.”
Interestingly, Twitter’s blog post referred to elected world leaders which suggests that exceptions might be made for dictators in such cases. The company wrote, “We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly. No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.”